Professor Sue Hartley

Sue leads on the University’s research activity, including research excellence, the flagship institutes, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations, grant activity and impact. She works closely with Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Innovation.

Professor Sue Hartley - Vice-President for Research
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Sue joined the University in January 2020 as Vice-President for Research.

She leads on the University’s research activity, including research excellence, the flagship institutes, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations, grant activity and impact. She works closely with Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Innovation.

Before coming to Sheffield, Sue was Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute, a pioneering interdisciplinary research partnership generating solutions to global environmental challenges, at the University of York. She was also the University of York's Research Champion for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience, driving a range of interdisciplinary research programmes with colleagues from multiple disciplines and external partners.

Sue is a trustee of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a board member of Natural England, the UK government’s statutory adviser for the natural environment in England.

Her research interests include understanding the interactions between organisms exploiting plants, how those interactions are mediated by plant defences, particularly silicon, and how a better understanding of those processes can improve both the sustainability of agriculture and agri-environmental policy.